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Serena Williams SLAMS Sexist Comments

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Mar 21, 2016
Serena Williams SLAMS Sexist Comments

Unfortunately, some people’s perceptions of female athletes have not progressed past the early 1900s.  Times have changed though as women have evolved and shattered glass ceilings in all realms. It’s 2016 and women are still met with barriers, sexist remarks, and an inferiority complex that men are superior in all facets. If you don’t believe me, then obviously you haven’t familiarized yourself with the uncanny sly remarks Indian Wells CEO, Raymond Moore had to say Sunday before the BNP Paribas finals took place.

“If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have.” Moore said.

He further added, “No, I think the WTA [Women’s Tennis Association] —you know, in my next life when I come back, I want to be someone in the WTA (laughter) because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky.”

Can you imagine the firestorm and media frenzy that has come from his statements? Naturally, he is in hot water and has come under blazing fire. Perhaps before speaking at a huge press conference, Mr. Moore should freshen up on his public speaking skills?  But guess what, of course the CEO later apologized for his remarks, but the damage had already been done.

Being the brilliant woman that she is both on and off the court, Serena Williams’ initial response was priceless.

“Obviously, I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that. If I could tell you every day how many people say they don’t watch tennis unless they’re watching myself or my sister, I couldn’t even bring up that number. So I don’t think that is a very accurate statement,” she said.

Williams continued by saying, “I think there is a lot of women out there who are more… are very exciting to watch. I think there are a lot of men out there who are exciting to watch. I think it definitely goes both ways. I think those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”

On the other hand, let’s give him [Raymond Moore] the benefit of the doubt, perhaps his wording had been taken out of context? The tennis star didn’t seem to think so, “Well, if you read the transcript, you can only interpret it one way. I speak very good English. I’m sure he does too,” she said. “You know, there’s only one way to interpret that. Get on your knees, which is offensive enough, and thank a man, which is not—we, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”

And that, my friends’ is how you drop the mic and exit stage left. Bravo Serena for speaking up not just for female athletes, but all women! You’ve heard what we had to say now let us know your thoughts. Do you think Raymond Moore’s remarks were sexist and insensitive as well as undermining the major accomplishments of women tennis players?